Monday Motivation for Moms – Discovering Your True Beauty Through God's Eyes by Sue Glashower
What does it mean to be beautiful?
Do you measure your beauty by the world's standards or by God's standards?
We are bombarded everyday by the world's view of beauty. Everywhere you look, you see pictures of women who appear to have it all.
The world's view of beauty is…
- a thin, perfect body
- beautiful, long hair
- designer clothes
- long legs
- perfect skin
- a curvy body
- a large chest
It's no wonder that we have a poor self-image and feel we don't measure up. How many of us really fit that description? If we compare ourselves to that list, we only end up feeling bad about ourselves. We think we are too fat, we have a big nose, our hair is too thin, or our legs are too short.
As a busy mom, there are days that I feel anything but beautiful. This was especially true when my children were very young. I would be lucky to get a shower in by noon some days, much less having my hair and make-up done. I was often tired from trying to keep up with caring for them. Many days I felt far from beautiful…at least by the world's standards.
God's view of beauty…
- a gentle spirit
- a quiet soul
- a loving heart
- a compassionate person
God says that outward beauty is fleeting. So why do we strive so hard for it? God looks at the inside. It must make him sad when we don't love ourselves.
He designed you, he knew you before you were born, and he has a purpose just for you. You are chosen, cherished, and are wonderfully made! You ARE beautiful!
Take a few minutes to listen to this song because YOU are beautiful:
"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quite spirit, which is so precious to God." 1 Peter 3:3-4 NLT
"The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart." 1 Samuel 16:7b NIV
"I will praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made" Psalm 139:14a NIV
Instead of comparing yourself with others and feeling unworthy, spend more time working on your spirit and the gifts that God created you with. God has carefully and thoughtfully made you exactly the way you are.
It doesn't mean that you can't spend any time on your outward appearance or that it is wrong to want to look nice. God made us that way as women and it is fine as long as we don't obsess over it and measure our self-worth by it. I also believe that it is our duty to care for our bodies physically so we can give our best to God and our families. True beauty does not fade with age like the world's description of beauty does. True beauty enhances as we age by spending time with God and learning to love ourselves.
Spend more time working to enhance your inner beauty and it will shine from within you. People will see that spirit of beauty in your smile and actions – that's God's beauty!
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